The New York Mets lack of power in their new home, Citi Field, has been well documented. Stars like David Wright have had tremendous dips in their home run totals since the park opened in 2009. Several players from other teams have been very vocal about the dimensions of the field.
Players like Chipper Jones and Jeff Francouer have openly discussed their disdain with it. Jones had this to say,
" It is the biggest park that I have ever played in in my life. It is a huge ballpark to center and right center and right field. You know, I actually feel sort of sorry for some of the guys out there because their power numbers are really going to take a hit"
While Francoeur called the new ballpark "a joke."
The Mets have had trouble attracting offensive free agents since the word has spread throughout the league that Citi Field is where hitters go to die. The team's play on the field hasn't helped attract pitchers here either.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson has stated that he will be reworking the dimensions of the outfield. This isn't his first time tinkering with outfield dimensions, though. In San Diego, he changed the size of the walls and dimensions slightly. It led to a minimal rise in power for the Padres.
The expectation is that it will open up the offense and make home runs a little more frequent. That can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on who you ask. Therefore, let's take a look at some of the people involved in this decision that will be effected the most.